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The Centre for the Built and Natural Environment focuses on delivering solutions to close the design versus as-built performance gap found in the built environment.

In addressing this issue, academics working in this area seek to answer the overarching research question: how do we ensure decision-making processes during building design, construction and operation reflect the whole life implications of the dynamic nature of building performance, the effects of occupant responses and perceptions, and the impact of future uncertainties?

The Centre offers the opportunity to develop fundamental research strands based on the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing’s expertise and strong industrial partnerships, as well as being shaped by its Executive Director’s vision for the built environment. 

Research in this area focuses on the following themes that have global impact;

  • Dynamic performance of buildings
  • Occupant and owner responses
  • Impacts of uncertainty
  • Whole-life decision-making
  • Smart civic structure
  • Monitoring buildings

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Concretes Engineering & Materials Science
Vacuum Engineering & Materials Science
Glass Engineering & Materials Science
Steel Engineering & Materials Science
Concrete pavements Engineering & Materials Science
Cements Engineering & Materials Science
Coatings Engineering & Materials Science
Thermal comfort Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1989 2019

A Modified Method for Los Angeles Abrasion Test

Umar, T., Egbu, C. & Saidani, M., 9 May 2019, In : Iranian Journal of Science and Technology, Transactions of Civil Engineering. (In-press), p. (In-press) 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Asphalt concrete
Chemical properties
2 Citations (Scopus)

Analysis of the water absorption test to assess the intrinsic permeability of earthen materials 

Fabbri, A., Soudani, L., McGregor, F. & Morel, J-C., 28 Feb 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 199, p. 154-162 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Water absorption
Water content
Compressive strength
Flow of fluids
1 Citation (Scopus)

A quadtree-polygon-based scaled boundary finite element method for image-based mesoscale fracture modelling in concrete

Guo, H., Ooi, ET., Saputra, AA., Yang, Z., Natarajan, S., Ooi, EH. & Song, CM., 15 Apr 2019, In : Engineering Fracture Mechanics. 211, p. 420-441 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Insulator Elements
Finite element method
X rays

Projects 2011 2012

Activities 1994 2019

Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings (Journal)

Messaoud Saidani (Peer Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Higher Education Academy (HEA) (External organisation)

Shohel Amin (Member)
13 Feb 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership of council

Zinc Rich Paint for Cathodic Protection of Steel in Concrete

Arpit Goyal (Speaker)
6 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Best Student

Messaoud Saidani (Recipient), 1 Jul 1986

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


The Emerald Group Publishing Award for Best Paper

Messaoud Saidani (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Education e-portfolio

Messaoud Saidani


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

UAE data security

Messaoud Saidani


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Multi-Reciprocal Grid (MRG) system and applications

Messaoud Saidani


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment